Chicago Seeking $130,000 from Jussie Smollett for Hate Hoax Investigation

Chicago Seeking $130,000 from Jussie Smollett for Hate Hoax Investigation

So why isn't the matter going to trial?

Hours earlier, President Donald Trump tweeted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice would review the "outrageous" case, calling it an "embarrassment" to the country.

All of this has revived the long-simmering debate in America about how just the U.S. justice system really is, whether the rich get off easy - and whether prosecutors should have so much discretion.

The detective brought them into the courthouse through a secured rear entrance near the Cook County Jail to avoid detection by reporters, according to the detective's supplemental report.

Skeptics said the story was not believable and Smollett reacted on Good Morning America, saying during an interview that he was "pissed" about his doubters. Asked about Smollett telling police his attackers appeared to be white, Glandian speculated that the brothers, who are black, may have worn whiteface make-up.

Smollett has maintained his innocence and insisted that the attack was real.


"I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one", Smollett told reporters on Tuesday.

'The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollet's agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago. Bianchi said the decision made "no sense".

"I just will say, you know, look, in my own view, President Trump just sit this one out, OK?"

They say the case was dropped because of a lack of evidence. Smollett said that a late-night trip to a Subway restaurant in Chicago led to two men attacking him, putting a noose on him, and pouring on him a substance he believed to be bleach. "This case is far, far, far from over".

The mayor then called Chicago a "Trump-free zone" and blamed the president for creating a "toxic" and "hate-filled" environment that allowed Smollett to think he could get away with faking a hate crime.

"You can not have, because of a person's position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else", he said.


Also Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the Democrat is considering a lawmaker's request to review the prosecutors' decision to dismiss charges against Smollett.

"I can not offer him the opportunity to forfeit his bond... if I didn't believe he is guilty", Foxx told Chicago television station WGN.

He had been facing up to three years jail time if found guilty, but on Monday all the charges were dropped.

"This wasn't about the integrity of the case".

On Wednesday, the ex-chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama said she approached Foxx regarding the case on behalf of the actor's family.


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